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Ministries sign deal to buy 70 locally-made electric buses for Cairo: Ministry

The Ministry of Local Development, the Ministry of State for Military Production and the Cairo Governorate signed a joint agreement between to purchase 70 locally-made electric buses with investments estimated at about LE323 million.

These buses are built to international specifications and are certified as the quality MCV C120 brand.

Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy noted the government’s efforts to promote local industrialization in the field of modern transportation with natural gas and electricity.

He said that president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attaches great importance in this matter, especially with his hosting of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh in November


A greener Egypt

He pointed out that the state seeks to localize the electric car industry in Egypt as the future of the global auto industry in the world.

There are directives from the political leadership that the climate conference be the beginning of declaring Sharm el-Sheikh a green city that enjoys green, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation.

Shaarawy stressed that work is in full swing for the climate conference, and there will be a fleet of electric and gas-powered buses and electric cars that will be operated during and after the climate conference.

He said that this contract will be part of what will be provided during September and October from buses and cars that will operate in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Shaarawy explained that his ministry is coordinating with the relevant ministries and governorates to establish electric car charging stations because of the great returns of this project, foremost of which is preserving the environment, reducing air pollution and the public health of citizens.

He praised the vital role of the Ministry of Military Production in implementing the directives of the political leadership and the Prime Minister’s assignments to expand the manufacture of electric vehicles in Egypt and to localize this advanced industry and to transfer all global experiences and technologies to the local industry.


The arrival of the electric fleet

Minister of Military Production Mohamed Ahmed Morsi explained that this signing aims to cooperate to produce 70 electric buses for the Public Transport Authority in Cairo, where the ministry, through a factory for the production and repair of armored vehicles, is cooperating with the Transportation Industry Company “MCV” to produce the first fully-electric bus manufactured in Egypt under the name “SETIBUS.”

He added that this bus will be used within the framework of this tripartite signature for the transportation of guests of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), which Egypt will host in Sharm el-Sheikh in November.

This bus is characterized by a modernized design and comfortable seats, he explained.

It contains 49 seats and standing places for 24 passengers, the proportion of the local component in it is more than 60 percent, its maximum speed is 70 km/ h and its operating distance is from 300 to 350 km per charge.

It has the luxury of air condition and internet services, he added. Each seat has a USB charger, and the design and implementation of the external structure is completely Egyptian and made of steel treated against rust, and contributes to reducing carbon emissions, noise and heat.

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